"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded"
Today, some 40 years after
Jimi Hendrix offered that
sage advice, it seems fantastic
that anyone would need to be
convinced of the satisfaction one
feels in becoming a practised guitarist and not because the
instrument is unduly hard to leam or tedious, but because the
power of the guitar seems only to increase with time. In the
50 years since it began to replace the piano as the instrument
most popular with beginner musicians, the guitar has reached into
every style of music, every culture and every comer of the earth.
Anyone who has been playing, even for a short time, knows the rewards
that the guitar brings to a player and, eventually, his or her audience.
But where can a beginner get all the information needed for a solid
grounding in fundamentals, advanced techniques, technology and history?
This guide will provide all of that and enhance the joy you get from playing your favourite songs.
Everyone hears music before they contemplate picking up an instrument
so this handbook begins with an overview of the various styles with
which you're already familiar from radio, CDs, downloads or live shows. All of the most popular guitar
styles are discussed, from rock to jazz and from Latin to reggae. The artist profiles here are augmented
later in the book by in-depth discussions of your favourite players, from Chet Atkins to Frank Zappa.